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        09-03-2012, 04:34 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Dually noted, do not go there! LOL I think its like 100 for 4 shoes, I pay 30 a trim. I used to pay 80 for two shoes and was freaking out about that. To have something to routinely done that could add up quickly! I'd definetely be going to Farrier school :)
         
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        09-03-2012, 04:38 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Wow, crazy how costs vary! The going rate around here is $30-40 for trim, $50-60 for front shoes and trim, and $70-90 for full shoes.
         
        09-03-2012, 04:40 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I'm also in MD, not too far from Val and here's my costs:

    Board: $275 for full care field board (It's $200 for partial care - hay, water, shelter)
    - Outdoor riding arena, 7 miles of trails on property, new barn being built, roundpen being planned, cross country course being planned, obstacle course being planned

    Trailer: $35/month trailer parking

    Farrier: $40 every 6 weeks (My trimming lessons have only progressed to me doing touchups in between proper trims, otherwise it would be every 4 weeks). I think shoes for me would also run close to $200

    Vet: About $75-100 2x/year for routine care, I think Coggins is like $40 once/year

    Floating: $125 - I pay a little extra because she will also do a bodywork session along with the float. He LOVES the head massage part so much that I can't not get it for him, LOL

    Deworming: We do fecals and split the cost between all the horses in the field so each test runs me $4, plus the dewormer ($2-15)

    Feed: Hay is included as needed. I buy All Phase ration balancer. Still working on the bag I bought in May. $23

    Supplements: I bought some electrolytes for the summer - $10
         
        09-03-2012, 04:43 PM
      #14
    Foal
    For our trims its 35 and for replacement of shoes (front only) its 85 and 100 for all four. (This includes trim and whatnot)
    For vet check its about 30-80 depending on who you use and what day.
    Shots are about 25-100 ( if you buy them at tractor supply or vet approved store)
    Hay here is 3-8 $ a bale, grain is about 12-25 depending on brand ( I think this is regular price of Sweet feed. Not sure about pellet.)
    Then saddles are 100-1000 depending on brand, style and how used.
    Bridles are about 10-70 again, as above.
    Board here is 100-400. Ours is 300 but we all work off 50$ so its 250. Now most people will tell you you can only get a backyard plodder for around 1000. I bought my boy for 1800. (Hes out of a superior wp stallion and is a SUPERB show horse. Just needed little work.) He went for 6k two years ago when he was unfinished in wp and trail. Look around for deals, people can't afford their good horses anymore and will sell cheap! They were asking 2500 but people are NEVER firm. Even if they say so. ;)
         
        09-03-2012, 07:12 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    It depends on your location and your horse.

    Buying a horse will likely cost from $1000 - $3000 for just a basic alright horse. Probably $1000ish for basic tack (second-hand saddle, new bridle and rug)

    I pay $220 a month for board, and that's just for a small paddock (self care) on top of that is feed which varies depending on where you live and your pasture. Probably around $50 for a trim every 6 weeks.

    A big, unconsidered cost is transport costs. At my last boarding place I'd spend more than I was paying in board just driving there and back.

    Vet bills can run up pretty quick, and horses always seem to get themselves into trouble.

    If you're not experienced with riding or owning I'd certainly look for lessons first. Then maybe a lease and then buying.

    I'd strongly advise against co-ownership.
         
        09-03-2012, 07:35 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    When I got my first horse, she was boarded for a few months @ a very nice stable - $200.00/mon - $260.00 for a private paddock - included feed/large indoor arena/large stall (brought in @ night)

    Now I have Star and our new girl Laney @ home :
    Farrier every 6-8 wks : $30.00/per horse

    4-way vaccine every spring : $30.00 farm call, $17.00 for vaccine
    $75.00 teeth float if/when needed - (once a yr. Typically, but depends on horse)

    Dewormer every 2 months from Spring to Fall : about $10.00 each

    Hay : Usually $3.50/bale, but this yr, $5.00/bale (delivered) Hay from Sept-Mar, approx. $650.00 (this yr due to weather)

    Sounds like a lot, I know, but if you're boarding, you'll mostly have to be on top of the farrier/vaccine/float/dewormer, as most BO's take care of everything else. Enjoy your new and exciting adventure with horses! It is so worth it!! Welcome to the forum as well :)
         
        09-03-2012, 07:41 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Like others said above, defiantly start with lessons and once your ready, lease. I leased for 4 years before I got my first horse and it made the worlds difference. If I hadn't leased my horse for 4 years before I got him, I would have been clueless. It gives you time to learn what owning a horse would be like, but it also keeps the cost down since the owner takes care of the vet, farrier, ect. You never want to rush into getting a horse when you don't know what its like yet! Best of luck, hope everything works out :)
         
        09-03-2012, 07:49 PM
      #18
    Started
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    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    My guy charges something like $180 and it's considered to be on cheaper side! (my mares go barefoot, so I pay $40/trim each) Yes, everything is quite expensive here in MD. :)
    Woah o.o
    Here in KY I can do both barefoot ponies for 50 bucks. For Cowboy's front shoes, 80. That's insane xD
         
        09-03-2012, 08:01 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Holy smokes.. In OH, I can board at the local Amish, full care, for 120 a month.. I can ride in the pastures. Oh, and they do trimming for 7 dollars a horse (And they are very good farriers) and around 30 for 4 shoes!

    That's my cheapo way of doing things, LOL. I usually board at a barn that costs around 400 for all the extras.
         
        09-03-2012, 08:26 PM
      #20
    Banned
    My costs monthly:
    $375 board
    $160 farrier (every 6 weeks)
    $50ish supplements
    $300 chiro (at the moment, monthly)

    Also last month I bought a saddle and a new blanket.

    All for one horse. And of course, vets bills are unknown and unpredictable.

    (someone shoot me, tonight I'd really love to go to the diner and not cook - but I am cooking something cheap). In one single month my horse has cost as much as my mortgage.
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